December 14, 2009

Niigata Day 4: My Sado Ghosts

Today started in Sado too [website].

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Last night made for quite a feast at the Ohsado Hotel & Onsen [map][website]. It was outdone, I feel, in terms of pure luxuriousness, by tonight's hotel/onsen, Yamaki [map][ja website]. Above is Ohsado's spread, but below...


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Is Yamaki's luxurious feast. However, Yamaki is probably haunted. I mean, the halls are deserted (it is the off season) and have a The Shining type of feeling, the phone is rotary and probably rings in that creepy way that rotaries do, and my pillow appeared while I was at dinner. Oh well, it's a small price to pay to take a bath while viewing the ocean.


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Our day started with going along the coast and spotting odd rocks that have been carved by the sea.


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We ended up at an awesome location [map]. Apparently a famous movie was shot there, and I can see why. The sea was a brilliant blend of blues. Truly this was aquamarine!


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After playing with the fish at the aquarium, we hopped in a tub and paddled around. As you do.


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Nearby, we spotted a bridge that I think is famous. Or maybe I am thinking of another bridge. EDIT: yeah, this is totally the bridge that appears on posters. It looks best from a distance surrounded by tub-women.

The water was great here too.



We stopped at what looked like a temple, but was a rebuilt place where important gold-trade dudes used to held court.

Literally, they held court. I was sentenced to die for bad blog jokes. Didn't learn my lesson.

As befits a rainy day on the coast, we next went to a small town that had been around for ages and incorporated ships into its buildings [map]. Just around the corner, we saw this:


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We saw this ship in the village museum [map]. It's built the old fashioned way, and boarded it to experience the cramped life of a sailor. There was an attached museum section that held Saga (a prefecture in Kyushu) pottery the ships had brought in days bygone. As a former Sagaite, I squealed at the sight. We Sagaites get that way.


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We ended with panning for gold at the Gold Park [map] and I found 8 flakes of gold and had them saved in a card.

Sado is brilliant. I want to be a tour guide here someday... Just gotta find a permanent residency visa first.